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Get a taste of Florida at one of the state's top food and wine festivals

10 fantastic fests for foodies

By Cele and Lynn Seldon AUGUST 3, 2021

The Sunshine State knows a thing or two about food and wine. From sumptuous seafood to amazing agriculture – and a thirst that comes from tropical breezes and abundant sunshine – there is a proliferation of food and wine festivals across both coasts that celebrate Florida’s bounty. From four-football-field-long grand tastings on the beach to exclusive wine auctions, along with some roll-up-your-sleeves seafood, and strut-your-stuff chapeaux competitions, food and wine festivals are a great excuse to head to sunny Florida. Take a bite out of these ten tasty festivals.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort July 15-November 20, 2021 - Lake Buena Vista Tasty treats, wines, beers and other beverages from around the world are featured at the park's World Showcase pavilion throughout the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort — Photo courtesy of Harrison Cooney Breaking with the weekend-long trend, Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival offers up a full fall season of global culinary creations. Highlights include more than 20 global and specialty food kiosks and cafés throughout the park (with more to come October 1 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disney World); wine, beer and spirits offerings (more than 120 beverages); and complimentary live music concerts.

Pensacola Seafood Festival September 24-26, 2021 - Pensacola A Lowcountry boil is just one of many dishes highlighting Gulf Coast seafood at the Pensacola Seafood Festival — Photo courtesy of Visit Pensacola The Pensacola Seafood Festival celebrates the seafood bounty of the Gulf Coast when people come out to shuck, slurp, peel and dive into mouthwatering creations. With Southern, Cajun, French and Spanish culinary influences in the region, local seafood favorites like shrimp, crab, clams and fish take on an international flavor, along with cooking demonstrations, live music, lots of kids' activities and one of Northwest Florida’s largest arts and crafts fairs.

Paradise Coast Wine + Food Experience October 2, 2021 - Naples The Grand Tasting at Paradise Coast Wine + Food Experience is a culinary who's who of local, regional and national chefs — Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Part of a six-city tour, the Paradise Coast Wine + Food Experience in Naples is a backstage pass to the celebrity world of chefs,